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The 914-6 and the Cayman GT4: Siblings Separated by Fifty Years

Small, light, uncorrupted by gadgets, and honest. Both the 914-6 and the Cayman GT4 might not be the most powerful of the most focused Porsches, but my do they deliver the goods. Enough power in a perfectly balanced chassis is a recipe which will always go far. Fifty years ago, Porsche began developing a six-cylinder mid-engined road car, and the latest Cayman GT4 carries that flag forward with five decades of innovation behind it.

The 3,338 units of the 914/6 top model came directly from Zuffenhausen from 1969 to 1972 took the two-liter flat-six from a 911T and placed it further ahead in a shorter, wider body. The result: a car that provided superior driving dynamics which is available again in the Cayman GT4 and its open-top sibling, the Boxster Spyder. These cars might not have the wildest statistics, but the driving experience they deliver is second to none.

Massive turbochargers and four wheel-drive aren’t necessary when the car’s balance is perfect and the power is just enough to generate a little wheelspin at the ragged edge. By keeping the overhangs short and placing the bulk of mass in the middle of the car, the polar moment is reduced and the willingness to change direction is increased.

No need to turn off the aids in this involving car.

Without the delay or lumpy delivery of a turbocharged motor, these two gems provide the scream, response, and linearity one needs to find the edge and dance on it. The driver and the passenger sit « closer to the machine, » as Andreas Preuninger puts it poetically. For anyone who’s grown accustomed to the thrills and urgency a naturally-aspirated, high-revving, perfectly balanced sports car can provide, nothing compares. “We build both cars for true fans, for racers and purists who have waited for these models and whom we don’t need to persuade of the benefits of the mid-engine concept,” emphasizes Andreas Preuninger.

Not that the newest Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder are lacking in horsepower. With 420 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque from the naturally-aspirated four-liter, there’s more than enough. Yet, grunt is never the highlight of these cars; the sublime balance, outrageous grip from a lightweight chassis derived from a GT3, and newly developed tires from Michelin and Dunlop make this car accessible and confidence-inspiring. “Thanks to the modern suspension kinematics and the high grip of the tires, mid-engine sports cars like the GT4 or Spyder drive like they’re from another planet, even without vehicle stability control systems activated,” says Markus Atz, project manager for motorsport GT street vehicles. Not even the most powerful, grippiest, stat-heavy supercar, can provide the same sense of immersion and excitement. These gems provide a timeless experience—one best appreciated by the hardcore, the skilled, and the thrill-seeking.

Two siblings separated by fifty years.

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A Straightforward Take on the New 718 Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder

Smaller than a GT3, the GT4 is more easily placed on the road and track.

A motoring journalist worth their salt ought to verge on being salty. Fair judgement and an understanding of what a sports car should offer is what Dan Prosser brings to the table, and through his sharpened lens we learn how the quickest variants of the 718 lineup differ from their predecessors.

Since most YouTubers attention spans are limited and the cars are so similar, Prosser chose to drive the cars in the domains they’re better suited to, which revealed some interesting differences between the two. While Cayman GT4 showed more civility than its predecessor on the track, the Boxster Spyder was a harder, more focused machine for the country road. It seems the two are nearing a happy medium to keep the track rat pacified and the sunday driver excited.

Better for the Boulevards

The newest Cayman GT4 seems less of a skunkworks product this time around. Despite the rack losing some of its three-dimensional feel, it compensates with more composure and reassurance across cambers, pockmarks, and crests. At the end of the day, it’s still an incredibly accurate and intuitive car, but it pays for its poise with a loss in feel.

That is only one of the traits which helped this generation of the Cayman GT4 cover the Nurburgring twelve seconds faster than its forebear. Factor in less drag, more aerodynamic downforce, and a bit more power, it’s easy to see how a driver would feel confident pushing it hard on a varied and unforgiving track. It’s much friendlier at the edge of adhesion, thanks in part to a Porsche Torque Vectoring limited-slip differential which allows the driver to lean on the car. In short, it’s a more amenable car with better stats. For everyone but a hardened racing driver, that means its faster in most places.

Closer to the Right Compromise

Compromise might be the operative word with these two, since both still show a few shortcomings made in the name of everyday civility. Those frustratingly long gear ratios, a muted exhaust note, diminished steering feel, and a stowable top in the case of the Spyder mean that they’re not quite the hardcore motorsports product that they’re sometimes billed as.

Few cars allow its driver to soak in the scenery while driving quickly as this one.

This might seem harsh considering the beauty and craftsmanship of these two gems, but a discerning judge helps make the the avid driver more informed and less frustrated. Let’s just be thankful these two didn’t hold on to the four-cylinder turbo.

Despite their shortcomings, it’s hard to argue with the obvious purpose on display here. For those who want a little more from their mid-range Porsche without spending GT3 money, these are alluring alternatives. Plus, with their mid-engine balance and comparatively lower power, they’re much more approachable for the hobbyist than the hotter-blooded GT3 is.

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Our Favorite Porsches For Sale This Week: Volume 139

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on the internet for over five years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re looking to soak up the sun. For that reason, we’re featuring convertibles! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our « curated » look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches for sale. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by tens of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. Porsche 550 Spyder Replica For Sale

A poorly built 550 Spyder replica can be hell on wheels, but a properly assembled example can be among the most rewarding experiences ever. This particular 550 Spyder built by Seduction Motorsports in Arizona is one of the good ones. With a proper tube frame chassis, rather than a Beetle pan kit, this is nice and stiff, and responds well to your driving inputs. With a well-built Subaru 2.5-liter, this little monster rips way faster than an original 1950s Spyder would. I’m not particularly partial to the Martini stripes, but they are applied in vinyl and can easily be removed. With red quilted leather inside and a nice white exterior, this would look quite nice on the street. Give me a leather helmet and some aviator goggles. It’s time to rip.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay

2. 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder For Sale

With the announcement of a new Boxster Spyder, I’m reminded of my personal favorite open-top Porsche, the 987 Boxster Spyder. While it’s not as powerful or as fast as the new 4-liter powered monster, this thing is nimble and light and fun as all hell. This one has PCM and air conditioning and power seats, so it’s not quite the spec I would personally want, but the red wheels and gauges look really good. If you want one of the last pure Porsche driving experiences, grab this one while you can.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

3. 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet For Sale

Speaking of wheels in bold colors, if you’re going to be a bear you may as well be a grizzly. This bright yellow Carrera cab has bright yellow color-matched wheels (though the center caps should be color matched as well) and a chocolate brown convertible top. It’s not the color way I would have chosen from the factory in 1987, but I’m damn glad someone did. This is a wild selection of colors, and I am absolutely ecstatic that it exists. There is no beauty without some strangeness.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder For Sale

When it comes to open top Porsches, it’s hard to argue that the 918 Spyder isn’t the ultimate. With incredible speed, power for days, excellent hybrid fuel economy (if you don’t wail on it), and striking good looks, the 918 Spyder is the pinnacle of Porsche engineering in 2015. It’s hard to believe that this car has already been out of production for a few years, but time flies when you’re having fun. The seller of this car didn’t treat it right. With only 3000 miles on the odometer, it clearly deserves to be bought by someone who is actually going to drive it. Given the opportunity, I’d double the mileage in a week. Is it worth a mil and a half? I’m not sure it is, but if you agree with the asking price, go for it!

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. 1990 Porsche 911 Convertible For Sale

This is an interesting project, as it has been fitted with turbo flares for that big widebody look. The owner wanted to build an America Roadster replica, so this car was pulled and widened. It’s a good look, if slightly unorthodox. Personally, I love the little rock chips dotting the wider fenders, it’s proof of life. Proof that this car was driven. According to the listing, this car has already had everything done to it that it needs for proper reliable motoring in comfort. If you’re looking for the kind of 964 that nobody else has, with a unique look, check out this America Roadster tribute.

For more pictures, pricing, and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

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What’s The Appeal of the 987 Boxster Spyder?

 

The bark of the flat-six filling the simplified cabin made the open-top Spyder perfect for cruises along sunkissed backroads.

With a free-revving 3.4-liter engine powering a single-minded machine weighing sub-3,000 pounds, the original Boxster Spyder had a lot to offer the discerning motorist. It did not exactly have the most user-friendly roof, or lack thereof, but that only allowed the driver to better appreciate the flat-six bark by leaving it down 100% of the time. For the driver who wanted a more direct connection with their car on occasional sunny Sunday drives through the countryside, the Boxster Spyder was a genuine treat.

Nothing superfluous could weigh down this responsive machine. The door pulls, lack of A/C, and omission of anything luxurious made each of its 320 horsepower better appreciated. Speaking of, that power was enough to have fun, but not so much as to constantly overpower the chassis. This was far from a muscle car, but it was no slouch in the performance department.

This was a Porsche that truly shined when some lateral loading was introduced. Capable of 1.04 G on the skidpad and as focused as the revered members of Porsche’s GT lineup, the spartan Spyder provided an addictive thrill for the driver with a full stable of more practical cars. It was rare, it was special, and it held on to its value better than some.

As we see in the above footage, these two YouTube testers from TheCarGuys channel simply enjoy the focus and the thrills of a car which apes the ethos of the old 550 Spyders—cars which were designed to do one thing and one thing only. While this isn’t a pure race car, it’s a pure fun car.

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Our Favorite Porsches On Ebay This Week: Volume 118

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for three years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re focusing on a grab bag of Porsche models from over the years, including track prepped examples, project cars, and tuner models. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our curated look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo S Race Car For Sale

If you’re a Porsche fanatic who is looking to go racing in style, there’s hardly a better car to do it in than this 944 Turbo. It’s certainly one of the cleanest cars on the circuit, and the gold-over-black motif is never going out of style. This example is nicely turned out with a fresh rebuild, and is immediately eligible for PCA racing, or any number of vintage classes. If you’ve ever wanted to get into motorsport, this boosted bad boy might be the one for you.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

2. Porsche 986 Boxster Spec Boxster Race Car For Sale

If a vintage ride with a collector price tag isn’t for you, perhaps you should look into the National Auto Sport Association’s Spec Boxster class. 986 Boxsters are inexpensive, easy to drive for a newby, and with a spec-classification are super competitive with other Spec Boxsters. You’ll never run out of fun in something like this. This particular car comes ready to race with an IMS upgrade already taken care of.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

3. 1984 Porsche 911 Cabriolet For Sale

If you don’t actually want a race car, but you want the kind of car that you could tell people is a race car and have them conceivably believe you, this gold 911 Cabriolet might be your ticket. Normal people don’t know a lot about cars, so you say Porsche and they immediately think Race Car anyway, because they don’t know what a real race car is. This early Cabriolet has been kitted out with some crazy body modifications, including Strosek side skirts, fiberglass front and rear bumpers, and a huge decklid spoiler. It’s so bad it’s almost good again.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 1976 Porsche 911 DP 935 Race Car For Sale

There’s no mistaking a DP bodied Kremer car for anything else. From the long sloping slant nose to the smooth transitions and abrupt rear wing uprights, this thing screams Porsche 935 from a hundred yards away. While this car started life as a standard 911, it was upgraded and raced in period, and eventually the motorsport-derived 3.4-liter engine was replaced with a proper single-turbo 3.0-liter 962 engine, which remains in the car today. If you want a nice vintage racer, this one could be your Valiant effort.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder For Sale

It’s difficult to look at a gorgeous Boxster Spyder like this one and not sigh for the fact that you haven’t got one in your driveway right now. While this is a PDK-equipped model, and I’d certainly prefer the manual version, this seems to be a lot of car for the money. With the erector-set top and devilish details, the Boxster Spyder was one of the coolest Porsches of the last decade. I wanted one then, and I still want one now. Pick one up before people realize how rare they are and values explode.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches on eBay. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

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